View the Vikings Instagram images presented by PrimeSport as the group previewed the city of Pittsburgh before the Vikings arrive.
The Minnesota Vikings are heading from the Mill City to the Steel City this week in preparation for another regular-season game at Heinz Field. Kickoff between the Minnesota Vikings and the Pittsburgh Steelers is set for Sunday at 12:00 p.m. (CT).
Pittsburgh may be known for its bold and industrial architecture, but Vikings Instagram Group tasked local native Steve Mihalko with showing Vikings fans some of the city's current claims to fame. Learn more about Steve and the City of Bridges in our Q&A below:
Introduce yourself! Tell us a little more about you and your work.
My name is Steve Mihalko, and I'm 25 years old. I work full time as an eCommerce / Multimedia designer, go to online school full time, run a clothing company on the side (@RTDinPGH) and also do freelance photography and graphic design. I'm engaged to my best friend (we're expecting in December!). As far as my work, I don't have a set style – I experiment all the time with different tones and moods. However, my favorite style to work with is darker tones and an urban vibe.
How did you get your start in photography? What inspires you?
I got into photography as a senior in high school, so about 2010. I followed fellow Pittsburgh photographer Jordan Beckham (whom I met through skateboarding) pretty closely. His work inspired me to want to get into the industry.
Describe Pittsburgh in five or fewer words.
Historic, Nostalgic, and Innovative
What was your favorite part of participating with Vikings Instagram Group?
I think just being able to get out, explore and capture the city from angles I normally wouldn't shoot. Gave me a different perspective.
What was the most difficult part of this project?
I think the most difficult part was not getting fellow Pittsburghers to stare me down while carrying a Vikings helmet around town! (They take football and all other sports pretty seriously here).
Do you have a favorite photo from Vikings Instagram Group?
I like the set from last year from photographer Matt Weitz – his work had some dark tones, but the vibrance [of] select colors made the photos pop.
What is one thing about Pittsburgh that most people wouldn't know?
One thing a lot of people don't know is how Pittsburgh actually got its nickname, the "Steel City." It used to be the center of the American steel industry, producing around one-third of the nation's steel in the 1920s.